Having Jupiter in your relationship sector continues to be a mixed blessing or so it might seem, with the planet of luck and expansion in this for the long game. In your relationship sector from September 2016 to October 2017 Jupiter is here to bring the growth of real, honest and authentic relationships, those that endure, last the test of time and that will forever define your expectations. You are still in the testing phase and right now this major relationship push is being resisted, similar to what you encountered when Jupiter first returned, but to a much higher degree. Yes, this does mean there could be some personal and/or relationship tensions and pressure this month, but all is not what it seems. The roadblock and resistance is coming from Uranus, who in Aries since 2010 is not only defending your own needs, but having spent the last six years defining them, he probably knows what you need more than you do. Jupiter and Uranus will move into opposition from the 22nd December to the 31st December, so right over Christmas, a time that will often put pressure on the best of relationships. However, there is a really big 'but' with this, in that this might appear to be a challenge or a sign that something has gone wrong, but nothing could be further from the truth. This is a massive push to find a balance between your personal and relationship needs, with the ability to create a major breakthrough. Whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, by the time you reach the New Year you'll be ready to not only move into the New Year with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, but with luck, time and the relationship gods on your side to use this as a new starting point.
For the first time this year you've moved into a month with no planetary activity in your relationship sector and none on the way. In fact, the next planet to return to your relationship sector will be lucky Jupiter, in September 2017. In a year that played host to not one but two visits from Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos, who spent more time in your relationship sector this year than in any other year in the past two decades, but saw Venus move through ahead of schedule. By the time the Sun and Mercury left last month, you had a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and the means to keep the communication lines open. The Sun only left on the 22nd November and with the Moon having just left on the 29th November, by the time you move into December the relationship gods have only just left. As much of this year has been in preparation for Jupiter's return next year and the start of your most important relationship year in over a decade, regardless of where you end the year, you have an authentic new starting point. While the Moon will return to your relationship sector from the 24th December to the 26th December, spending Christmas here, the love gods will be keen to finally take the focus off relationship matters and give matters of the heart and all things romantic some much needed attention. After lucky Jupiter left your romantic sector in September there has been so much focus on relationship matters that there hasn't been time to capture the romantic potential this has created. With the North Node in your romantic sector until May 2017, there has been a romantic thread running through the year, a thread that you're finally able to tap into.
Jupiter and Saturn are the two power players of the solar system, the planets that are so powerful that they define the year in terms of where the major focus will be and together they are putting an incredible amount of focus on both matters of the heart and your relationships. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of December in your relationship sector, the spotlight is always going to be on your relationships at this time of year, but with Saturn here as well this comes in the heart of a three year relationship boot camp. This is the point in any year where the focus is just starting to shift onto relationship matters, yet you have not only had Saturn here all year but Mars began shaking things up as early as March. With both Venus and Mars been and gone you know what you want from your relationships and until Mercury leaves on the 3rd December, the planet of communication is working to ensure the communication lines are open. Due to return for a double dip visit in the early days of January, this comes with less urgency than in other years. Until the Sun leaves on the 21st December there is a need to keep it real and take care of any relationship housekeeping. With Saturn moving into his final year in your relationship sector on the 20th December, there is a need to take relationship matters more seriously, but this comes with some serious support for friendship and relationship building. At the same time you're getting ready to spend your first Christmas in 11 years with lucky Jupiter in your romantic sector. While there may be some roadblocks and wakeup calls, it is more that the love gods are refusing to buy into old excuses, making sure you're paying attention as you prepare for the most romantically charged Christmas, New Year and start to a New Year in over a decade. A lucky year for love extends out to October 2017.
That the focus is on relationship matters at this time of year is no surprise, but the fact that romantic matters have wrapped up already is, with both the love and relationship gods seemingly in a hurry this year. While the Sun will always leave your romantic sector on or around the 22nd November, the last time you moved into December with all planetary activity over for the year was in 2008, eight years ago. This year the love gods arrived early and on mass, starting with Mars' return in early January. In a typical year things will start moving on the romantic front in October and run their course during December, occasionally running into the New Year. This year everything was brought forward, with the months that Mars spent here and the time that Venus spent here, all long before the Sun even returned, all leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from love. With the next planet returning to your romantic sector being lucky Jupiter in September 2017, you've been left with all that you need to know as you line up for your luckiest year for love in over a decade, still nine months away. Even on the relationship front things are being brought forward. While the Sun won't return to your relationship sector until the 21st December, always shining the solar spotlight on your relationships over Christmas, New Year and into the first three weeks of January, Mars has been and gone and Venus is already on board, giving you a clear sense of what you want from your relationships from the get go. Mercury's return on the 3rd December will bring the planet of communication on board, for what is usually a 15 day visit aimed at giving your relationships a voice and getting the communication lines open. In that case Mercury should be gone by the time your annual relationship review begins, but instead a retrograde turn on the 19th December kicks off the final Mercury retrograde phase of 2016. Mercury will spend Christmas, the final days of 2016 and early days of 2017 giving your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.
That the focus will be on matters of the heart and all things romantic at this time of year is a given, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your romantic sector. The only thing that sets this year apart, apart from the fact that you have Saturn on board, demanding that you take matters of the heart seriously, is the enormous amount of planetary activity here over the course of the year. Between early March and late September Mars made two visits to your romantic sector, spending more time here this year than any other year in two decades. With Venus, planet of love been and gone and Mercury leaving on the 3rd December, by the time you reach December there will be no excuses for not knowing what you want from love or what you're fighting for. That the focus is on matters of the heart at this time of year is not surprising, though the degree to which you already know what you want from love is not the norm. If it is a given that the focus will be on matters of the heart at this time of year, the opposite is true for focus that is on your relationships, with this anything but the norm. The Sun will always return to your relationship sector around the 19th January each year, throwing the solar spotlight on your relationships, often for the first time since early the previous year. The Sun can never return earlier than this, but Venus and Mercury can return earlier, though there are rules around this. The earliest Venus can return ahead of the Sun is the 7th December and the earliest Mercury can return is the 2nd January. So to move into December with a planet in your relationship sector is rare, even when that planet is Mars, who last returned in November 17 years ago. With Mars remaining in your relationship sector until the 19th December and Venus returning on the 8th December, together they will inject a lot of passion into your relationships, while creating some healthy competition for romantic forces.
The Sun is the only cosmic force that operates like clockwork, returning to the same area of our chart at the same time each year and when it comes to matters of the heart and all things romantic, simply by being born while the Sun was in Virgo, you won the cosmic jackpot at birth. For this guarantees that, for the whole of your life the Sun will always spend Christmas, the New Year and the first three weeks of January in your romantic sector, with the early and later weeks of every year the most romantically charged. Except this year swap out 'weeks' for 'months', for Mars returned in late September to fire up your romantic passions and fighting spirit and moving into December with Venus, planet of love on board, you don't have to wait for the Sun's return on the 21st December. Even Mercury, planet of communication is on board, returning on the 3rd December and then refusing to leave. Instead of spending 15 days giving your heart a voice and putting heart and mind on the same page, Mercury will instead turn retrograde on the 19th December, holding the doors open to the past and second chances over Christmas and the New Year period. While Venus will leave on the 8th December, there will be plenty of support to keep her romantic desires and expectations alive. The big surprise this month is on the relationship front, for while there is a chance to finally put the past behind you, instead of waiting until the Sun's return in February, Mars' return to your relationship sector on the 19th December will begin the rebuilding this side of Christmas. It looks like you'll be playing host to both the love and relationship gods over Christmas and into the New Year.
That the focus is going to be on your relationships this month is a given, due to the fact that the focus has not only been on your relationships all year, but over recent months this has become more intense. With Uranus in your relationship sector since 2010 it is not surprising that the focus is on your relationships, but not to the degree that it is now and that's all because of Jupiter's return to Libra in September. For the first time since Uranus returned six years ago you have your own personal advocate, with your own needs fighting back and that has created some personal and/or relationship tension and pressure. This is due to come to a head between Christmas and the New Year, but the conditions in play at the time suggest the potential for a major breakthrough. Jupiter and Uranus will finally move into opposition from the 22nd December to the 31st December, a time when there is often a lot of pressure on your relationships and a lot of stress anyway, so be warned. However, just like the last godmother couldn't reverse Sleeping Beauty's curse but could mitigate it, promising that she would be brought back to life by true love's kiss, you have your own version of the fairy tale. While usually more focused on reality than fairy tales, Saturn is your knight in shining armour. Since returning to your communication sector in December 2014 Saturn has slowly been inching his way to Uranus' aid and after two years they finally connect and the timing couldn't be better. Personal and/or relationship tensions will peak from the 22nd December to the 31st December, so when does the support from Saturn and between the communication and relationship gods peak? From the 20th December to the 29th December. Saturn can't stop personal and/or relationship tensions from coming to a head, but he sure as heck can turn this into an opportunity for a major communication breakthrough. As if to make up for it the love gods are also creating a stunning month for romantic matters, with Mars in your romantic sector until the 19th December and Venus returning on the 8th December. Having support from Saturn and the communication gods and having Venus, planet of love in your romantic sector over Christmas and the New Year is going to balance out any relationship pressure with some magical support.
After last month's Full Moon in your relationship sector got most things out in the open, leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, the focus this month is more on keeping the communication lines open. Apart from the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 11th December to the 13th December, coming full circle from last month's Full Moon, there is no direct focus on your relationships. However with Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships in your communication sector until the 8th December and Mercury, planet of communication from the 3rd December, it is all about communication. Mercury's retrograde turn on the 19th December will even bring a chance to make up for lost time, giving your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice right through the Christmas/New Year period. While this is good news for your relationships, with no challenges and plenty of support, the news for matters of the heart and all things romantic this month, is off the chart. After Neptune's direct turn in your romantic sector late last month, Chiron's direct turn on the 1st December brings a chance to finally put the past behind you. With both barely moving after their direct turns and the Sun not returning to your romantic sector until February each year, this suggests a romantic turnaround and a slow rebuild. Yet everything changes when the love gods deliver the Christmas gifts to end all Christmas gifts, in the form of Mars' return to your romantic sector on the 19th December. This will be the first time that you have had Mars in your romantic sector over the Christmas/New Year period in 15 years and it is a gift that will keep on giving. Not only will Mars continue to fire up your romantic passions and fighting spirit and keep the romantic bonfire blazing through to the end of January, but Venus' return on the 3rd January will kick off something special.
To say that you can expect a romantic turnaround this month is an understatement, with not just the love gods but some of the most powerful planets in the solar system already rolling out the heavy equipment to help push and pull you free from the past and from a romantic rut, when the time comes. It is not just that the support is already slowly rumbling along the highway towards you that is significant, but the timing. Jupiter and Saturn are the heavyweights of the solar system, the planets that have the game changing powers and while neither are moving through your romantic sector, they both have a date with destiny. While Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected returned to your romantic sector in 2010, it wasn't until December 2014 that he gained a powerful ally, with Saturn's return to Sagittarius. For nearly two years they have been slowly moving closer, but in 24 months have yet to lock that support into place. At the same time, since Jupiter's return to Libra in September, he has moved closer to an opposition with Uranus, putting pressure on matters of the heart and all things romantic. Both huge and lumbering planets imagine Saturn in one bulldozer and Jupiter in another, slowly rolling along the highway, Saturn on a mission to pull romantic matters out of a rut and the other ready to challenge your excuses. What is fortuitous is the time and not just because Saturn will be pulling you out of a romantic rut from the 20th December to the 29th December and Jupiter will be challenging your excuses from the 22nd December to the 31st December, but this date with destiny has been building for two years by that stage. Uranus will finally turn direct in your romantic sector on the 29th December, with the two most powerful planets in the solar system on hand, one pushing and the other pulling you out of a romantic rut and away from the past's suction. To say that this sets the scene for a major romantic breakthrough in the final days of the year is an understatement and is something you've not only been moving towards all month or even all year, but for the last two years.
While Venus will often start or end the year in Capricorn, to have two complete Venus returns in one calendar year is fairly rare, having last happened five years ago. Venus first returned to Capricorn on the 24th January and left on the 17th February, returning just days after your birthday month had ended and when your birthday month was already underway. It is hard for even the planet love to steer a new solar year in a way that gives love and romance the best possible advantage, is hard when that solar year is already underway. While Venus couldn't do anything earlier in the year, she can do something about the new solar year that begins on the 21st December. Having returned on the 12th November, Venus has been fuelling your romantic desires and expectations and pumping your heart fill of romantic sentiment for weeks by the time you move into December and not due to leave until the 8th December, she'll continue that mission until she leaves. Knowing that she won't return to Capricorn until Christmas Day 2017 and with your birthday month and new solar year yet to begin, Venus is working to not only bring the spirit of romance into the final month of 2016, but influence a new solar and calendar year before they begin. Venus got a big boost from a Full Moon in your romantic sector just days after her return last month and once again it will be the Moon that comes to the planet of love's rescue. Returning to your romantic sector from the 11th December to the 13th December, these romantically charged lunar vibes will come into play just days after Venus' departure, locking her influence into place. While this is not a time of year when the relationship gods are about, the Moon's return to your relationship sector from the 15th December to the 17th December will evoke some strong emotional responses and even push some buttons and the timing couldn't be better. Mars' return to your communication sector on the 19th December will soon turn this into an opportunity for a breakthrough.
Moving into December with low expectations on both the relationship and romantic fronts isn't a sign of pessimism and just an awareness that based on past experience this is not a particularly active point of the year on either front. The most romantically charged months of any year are May and June, when the Sun and faster moving planets move through your romantic sector and during Venus' return to Aquarius each year, which because she follows the Sun, is usually January or February. You might be anticipating what awaits you in the New Year, but apart from the Moon's return to your romantic sector from the 13th December to the 15th December, intuitively you're not expecting the love gods to show up until the New Year. Imagine then your shock when there is a knock on your heart's door on the 8th December and standing there is Venus, planet of love saying 'surprise'. There are laws of physics governing how far ahead of the Sun she can stretch before being pulled back and on the 8th December she reaches those outer limits, not just returning weeks ahead of schedule, but in a completely different year. There is a price to pay in that once Venus leaves on the 3rd January she won't return until January 2018, spending less than 72 hours of 2017 in Aquarius, but Venus was never about delayed gratification. The fact that Venus will return so far ahead of the Sun, means she can have an influence on both your new solar year and 2017, weeks before they begin. Venus will be here when the Moon moves through your romantic sector from the 13th December to the 15th December, creating some the most romantically charged days of the month. For as if to get this bonus chapter off the ground, it is this lunar visit that will create the last Full Moon of 2016, creating a Lovers Moon on the 14th December.
Apart from the North Node keeping your relationships on track, both the love and relationship gods are keeping a low profile this month, with just the Moon's monthly visits giving them a voice. When it comes to your relationships that is good news, for there has been a little too much focus on relationship matters this year and at times some real challenges. Yet while Jupiter wrapped this up during his 13 month visit, when he left your relationship sector in early September he left you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you and the means to continue the journey. While the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 19th December to the 21st December will draw your attention onto relationship matters, evoking some strong emotional responses and even pushing some buttons, you'll be grateful for a chance to simply keep things on track during the rest of the month. A lack of romantic focus is a very different story and while there is never usually too much focus on romantic matters at this time of year, the romantic drought is starting to bite. What is making this worse will be the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 15th December to the 17th December. Had the Moon returned just a few days later this would have created a Full Moon, as it did last Christmas, but instead this month's Full Moon will be more focused on home and family matters. Added to a sense of frustration is the message the love gods will be whispering in your ear, which will be a promise of some stunning romantic developments just around the corner. Are they teasing you? No they're not, for not only will the Moon return next month as a Full Moon, but stunningly Venus, planet of love will be in Pisces by then. Due to return on the 3rd January, Venus will be days away from her earliest return in your lifetime and a visit that will pan the first four months of 2017. The romantic drought won't break this month but it will break in the early days of the New Year and in a game changing way, with a chance this month to make your life as love friendly as possible.